The Braves had a pretty good week. They won twice

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Matt Wisler delivers to a Kansas City Royals batter during the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, May 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Another quality start for Mr. Matt Wisler. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

The Atlanta Braves went 2-4 in a week, and we thought, “Not too bad.” They lost two series, and we thought, “Didn’t get swept.” They were two extra-inning losses from winning each series, and we thought, “They’re improving.”

When you’re the worst team in baseball — and the Braves still are, despite the best/worst efforts of the Twins — and you started 0-9, you’ve driven expectations so low that anything short of losing every game by 10 runs constitutes a moral if not actual victory. At this late date, Fredi Gonzalez doesn’t need a cue to break out the B-word, but he employed it after Sunday’s loss in Kansas City. “We battled,” he told reporters, as ever.

Then this: “It’s just a shame you walk out of here feeling pretty darn good, but your record — you lost two out of three.”

Well, yes. There is that record. And it is terrible. The Braves remain on pace to lose 121 games, which would be a modern record. They’re last in in the majors in scoring — by 19 runs. Every other big-league team has hit more than three times as many homers. But here, if you really want a sign of improvement, it is:

The starting pitchers for the worst team in the majors have compiled the 15th-best ERA, which puts the Braves’ rotation in the top half. Not one of the current five starters is older than 25.

Remember that part about rebuilding around young pitching? It’s happening, folks. Now if they could just figure out a way to win a game 0-0.

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HUDDYS1FAN
HUDDYS1FAN

This is how it all started prior to 1991. Braves built around great young starting pitching, went out and signed a bunch of great veteran defensive position players and the rest is history.


2014 and forward, the current front office is following the very same blue print. Except faster by trading established players for young talent, drafting even more talent. Then they are about to dive into the international talent pool with Kevin Maitan, along with several more young amateur ball players.


2017 will herald the beginning of another era of great Braves baseball. This fan can't wait.

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

Yeah, they won twice last week. But the paper shows they are 2-8 in their last 10 games, which is LOWER than their season winning percentage of .250. Heading into Pittsburgh, let's just say I am fully confident the regime's plan will continue to play out on the field.

BruceNFairfax
BruceNFairfax

Mark, so have the Braves improved? what about recent stats? thought I saw top five starter era in May...  easy to pile on... 

BobDawg
BobDawg

We need one power bat in the OF (bye bye Markakis); one Power bat at 3rd base and a Power bat at Catcher. Those will come this winter for trades unless we have some ready to promote by next summer. 

BobDawg
BobDawg

and the 1st half of next year will be much better than the 2nd half of this year…The Braves will be buyers in the winter. The June draft will continue to re-stock our Farm along with next years June draft. 

I bet Coppy is already getting deals thrown at him for 32 year old hitters for prospects. We need to lay off of them and take our medicine this summer. 

cspecial
cspecial

ole fredi is the only manager i know who can continue to lose season after season and everyone makes excuses for him.hes clearly lost and in over his head but he still kepts his job.only in Atlanta

BobDawg
BobDawg

@cspecial No need to replace him at this point.. This team has no hitters nor will we be getting them this summer. The Calvary ain't coming till this winter.

BobDawg
BobDawg

The 2nd half of the season will be much better than the first half.